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Bus driver charged after collision in Loyalist Township

A school bus collided with a hydro pole on County Road 2 in Loyalist Township on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Photo by Cris Vilela.

A bus driver from Verona has been charged following a single vehicle collision that occurred on County Road 2 in Loyalist Township on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

The collision happened just before 9:30 a.m., when the bus drove off the roadway on County Road 2 and struck a hydro pole near Fairbanks Avenue, east of Odessa. No children were on the bus at the time, which was only occupied by the driver and his assistant.

Officers from the Lennox and Addington Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended the scene, along with Loyalist Fire and Lennox and Addington Paramedics.

As a result of the incident, the OPP have charged the driver, Gregory Beauchesne, 32, of Verona, with ‘unsafe move — lane or shoulder.’

“A hydro pole with high tension wires was broken and leaning dangerously over the road. A road closure is required by Hydro to safely make repairs. L&A County OPP are rerouting traffic using Fairbanks Street to Caton Road to Clark Road as a detour,” the Lennox and Addington OPP said in a press release.

The closure is expected to last four to six hours. Please avoid the area if possible.

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2 thoughts on “Bus driver charged after collision in Loyalist Township

  • October 9, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    That’s real safe driving …… and to think we trust these people our with our children !!! ????

  • October 10, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    Considering the thousands of buses on the road 5 days a week, this is defiantly an anomaly. I wouldn’t be too quick to blame “these” people as group. One driver made a mistake.but thankfully, there were no kids on the bus.

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